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Matthew Cashmore


I am an environmental social scientist who conducts research at the interfaces between environmental geography, spatial planning and political science. I am intrigued by the politics of environmental and sustainability policy, particularly what might be called the micro-politics of policy enactment. Through my research I am also developing new theoretical and empirical agendas on the governance of urban sustainability transitions.

I joined the Landscape Architecture Division (part-time) in October 2015 as a Visiting Researcher. I took up a full-time post as a Senior Lecturer in January 2017. Previously, I spent two years based at the Department of Urban and Rural Development through an international fellowship whilst working for the University of East Anglia, UK.


My research address three interlinked topics:

  1. The politics of environment policy.
  2. Environmental planning and appraisal.
  3. The governance of urban sustainability transitions.

Main theoretical interests:

  • Sociological strands of new institutionalism.
  • Governmentality.
  • Theories of power.

Academic journal editing

I currently serve on the editorial board of two journals: Environmental Impact Assessment Review (ranked 14 in the environmental studies category (of 105) in 2016) and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.  

External Examining

I am presently (2016-2019) the external examiner for the MSc (Agr) in Environmental Resource Management at University College Dublin, Ireland.


I cooperate with a number of international organisations (e.g. the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Council for Europe), particularly on environmental training and capacity development. I have participated in such activities in numerous European countries (including, Montenegro, Albania, and the Ukraine), western Asia (e.g. Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan) and south-east Asia (Vietnam). For more information on collobarative and outreach exercises myself and colleagues are involved in visit our website.


Previously, I have worked as a lecturer in Environmental Management at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK, and as an Associate Professor in Environmental Governance at Aalborg University, Denmark.

I have a PhD (Environmental Sciences) from the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia.

Selected publications

Listed below are some of my recent publications. You can keep track of all my publications via ORCID.

Jensen, J. S., Spath, P. and M. Cashmore (2018) (eds) The politics of urban sustainability transitions: Knowledge, power and governance. Routledge, London.

Cashmore, M., D. Rudolph, S. V. Larsen and H. Nielsen (2018) International experiences with opposition to wind energy siting decisions: Lessons for environmental and social appraisal. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, forthcoming. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2018.1473150

Jensen, J., M. Cashmore and M. Elle (2017) Re-inventing the bicycle: How calculative practices shape urban environmental governance. Environmental Politics, 26 (3), 459-479. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1311089

Lyhne, I., F. van Laerhoven, M. Cashmore and H. Runhaar (2016) Theorising EIA effectiveness: A contribution based on the Danish system. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 62, 240-249. DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2015.12.002.

Jensen. J., C. Fratini and M. Cashmore (2016) Sociotechnical systems as place-specific matters of concern: The role of urban governance in the transition of the waste water system in Denmark. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 18 (2), 234-252. DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2015.1074062.

Cashmore, M., T. Richardson, J. Rozema and I. Lyhne (2015) Environmental governance through guidance: The ‘making up’ of expert practitioners. Geoforum, 62, 84-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.03.011.

Rozema, J. G., M. Cashmore, A. J. Bond and J. Chilvers (2015) Respatialization and local protest strategy formation: Investigating high-speed rail megaproject development in the UK. Geoforum, 59, 98-108. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.12.010.

Cashmore, M. and A. Wejs (2014) Constructing legitimacy for climate change planning: A study of local government in Denmark. Global Environmental Change, 24 (1), 203-212. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2013.09.019.